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Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 155–170 | Cite as

Incorporating consensus and conflict into the legitimacy of law

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Abstract

Recent research on the legitimacy of law is dominated by the confirmed effect of procedural justice on views of legitimacy. The procedural justice research, however, neglects the substantive component of law and how that substance may conflict with value systems of the various subcultures that constitute a complex society. This paper reviews classic and contemporary theory, as well as supporting empirical criminological research, in order to argue that views of the legitimacy of a given law can also be affected by such conflicting value sets. Allotting subculture a central influence, a model is proposed that integrates a sociological conception of the legitimacy of law with the existing research from psychology on procedural justice.

Keywords

Procedural Justice Legal Norm Legal Authority Complex Society Personal Morality 
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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